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Polar vortex freezes US Midwest with snow and cold air

Polar vortex freezes US Midwest with snow and cold air
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By Reuters Jan 30, 2019 2:21:43 PM IST (Updated)

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A blast of Arctic air from the polar vortex brought dangerous, bone-chilling cold to a wide swath of the United States on Tuesday, stretching from the Dakotas through Maine, with snow expected as far south as Alabama and Georgia. The Midwest was the hardest-hit region, as temperatures plunged minus 18 degrees Celsius.

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A snow-covered street is seen in Saint Paul, US. (Mark J. Westpfahl/via REUTERS)

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A smashed car is seen on a road in Saint Paul, US. (Mark J. Westpfahl/via REUTERS)

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A snow plough clears a road in Denver. (Denver International Airport/via REUTERS)

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Cars move along a snow-covered road in Denver. (Denver International Airport/via REUTERS)

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Cars move along a snow-covered road in Denver. (Denver International Airport/via REUTERS)

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The city skyline is seen from the North Avenue Beach at Lake Michigan. (REUTERS/Pinar Istek)

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A pedestrian stops to take a photo by Chicago River. (REUTERS/Pinar Istek TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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The fog begins to cover the city skyline in Chicago. (REUTERS/Pinar Istek)

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Students huddle in subzero temperature windchill while walking to class at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. (REUTERS/Eric Miller)

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Jim Cleary takes a photo of the Chicago skyline from the North Avenue Beach at Lake Michigan. (REUTERS/Pinar Istek)

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Pedestrians cross the street at rush hour, as bitter cold phenomenon called the polar vortex has descended on much of the central and eastern United States. (REUTERS/Pinar Istek)

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A man walks along the Chicago River. (REUTERS/Pinar Istek)

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A pedestrian walks by Chicago River. (REUTERS/Pinar Istek)

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The James J. Versluis, a 90-foot icebreaker tugboat, breaks ice through Lake Michigan in Chicago. (REUTERS/Pinar Istek)

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